Google has a habit of releasing the Android distribution numbers right after they start rolling out the monthly security update for supported Nexus and Pixel devices. The company did publish their security bulletin details earlier in the month, but it wasn’t until today that we started to see the OTA updates reach consumers. So now that those updates are going out, we now have the updated Android distribution numbers for the 7-day period ending on September 11, 2017.
As always, keep in mind that this data is collected from devices which have visited the Play Store during that 7-day period. So while it’s not a 100% accurate representation, it gives us an idea as to how the Android landscape is laid out when it comes to how many people are running certain versions of Android. Android 7.x Nougat has been taking its time since it was released last year, but we’re now seeing its market share has gone up while everything else has gone down compared to last month.
So to start with, Android 7.x Nougat is now being used on 15.8% of active devices on the market right now. This is up from the 13.5% that we saw it at last month. Android 6.0 Marshmallow actually ended up losing 0.1% this month as it comes in at 32.2% when it was at 32.3% last month. Android 5.x Lollipop dropped down to 28.8% from 29.2% that we saw it at in August. The last of the big contenders is Android 4.4 KitKat, which is at 15.1% now while it was at 16% last month.
So that’s the majority of the state of Android right now. When looking at the leftovers, we can see Android 4.1.x, 4.2.x and 4.3.x Jelly Bean is at 6.9% when it was at 7.6% back in August of 2017. Then 4.0.x Ice Cream Sandwich is at 0.6% (which is down from 0.7% a month before) and lastly Android 2.3.x Gingerbread dropped 0.1% as well from 0.7% down to 0.6% this month.
|Android Version||August 2017||September 2017|
|Android Ice Cream Sandwich||0.7%||0.6%|
|Android Jelly Bean||7.6%||6.9%|